Philippe Lamarque is the co-owner with his father and is the vigneron of Chateau Puynormond, in the appellation of Montagne Saint-Emilion. This is a small family estate. The Lamarque family has owned the estate for 4 generations, having bought it shortly after WWI. It consists of 12 hectares (about 30 acres) on south-facing slopes of limestone-clay subsoil 5 km (3 miles) north of Saint-Emilion.
The wines have an intense bouquet, are round in the mouth with considerable fruit, have very balanced tannins, and linger with a long follow-through. They age very nicely after a fruitful youth. They first become quite spicy and peppery, then the mineral of the limestone evolves, and finally leathery aromas announce maturity. Yet, they drink very well young.
The estate produces two wines: The Chateau Puynormond and the Chateau Puynormond Selection. Both wines have the same cepages (90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc). However, they differ significantly in style.